I’m an Opium girl from way back; the Yves Saint Laurent pillar was also my first (devastating) experience with reformulation, and since that offensive bottle of Eau de Toilette in 2001, I haven’t sniffed it since.
… Until Fleur de Shanghai*.
Opening with what smells like pink carnations and powdery iris (I’ll check the notes and see what the official story is, it almost smells like I dabbed Opium on my wrist, then liberally sprayed Bellodgia over the top of it. Now, if that sounds gross, let me assure you— it is not. It’s a really nicely balanced composition, and I think it’s vastly superior to the last bottle of straight “Opium” that I owned (which was totally unwearable, smelled off, and made me sneeze like CRAZY). After a few minutes of light, fluffy & feminine powder, I smell vestiges of what I remember Opium to be, and it’s nice. It’s nice because it’s not claiming to be the original, and as a flanker, it does it’s job well. It’s an excellent floriental for people who like perfume (Capitol P).
- Mandarin Orange, Magnolia, Star Jasmine, Carnation, Myrrh, Vanilla
*Worth noting: Fleur de Shanghai was a special limited edition released in 2005, and has since been discontinued, however, it is available at the discounters, for about $60.